Daughter, Lucy Dacus 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., July 27, 9 p.m. 2016

Though she’s only 21, Richmond singer Lucy Dacus proves an exceptionally sharp observer on her impressive debut album, No Burden (released in February by the tiny EggHunt label but due for rerelease in September by Matador). Her band delivers lean, scrappy indie rock that would be forgettable if not for the way her wisdom is channeled through a nonchalant but elegant vocal style—pure-toned, direct, and unstudied in its melodic grace. She belies her youth, whether she’s refusing to be stereotyped on “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” indicting her own negatives in a kind of “asking for a friend” mode on “Troublemaker, Doppelganger,” or lamenting how someone dear to her can’t stop fucking up: on “Strange Torpedo" she sings “I thought you’d hit rock bottom / But I’m starting to think that it doesn’t exist.” For the most part Dacus maintains a veneer of measured calm throughout the record, as if she knows the ins and outs of this troubled world, but when her voice creeps toward an emotional precipice, she reminds us that she’s as simultaneously scared and hopeful as anyone else. That ineffable quality sets her apart.

Peter Margasak

Price: $26-$36

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